AMITIAE - Monday 2 November 2015
Cassandra: The Tweet that Won't Die - AppleInsider and the Suave Image of Bond
By Graham K. Rogers
I looked at several - local and international - before opening an item by Daniel Eran Dilger. His items are always worth a read, particularly the long ones in which he tears apart, layer by layer, whoever his current target is: particularly those who forgot to check their facts.
A title involving James Bond seemed worth a look and "Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in "Spectre" because "James Bond only uses the best"" was not a disappointment. Sony or Android phones were not Bond-worthy.
The opening scenes of Casino Royale - Daniel Craig's first examination of the role - returned Bond to the gritty violence that should always be just under the surface.
Bond is rough, but also likes the right technology to do the job, which may be why "Q" - played for so long by Desmond Llewellyn and more recently by Ben Whishaw. The range of cars that Bond has used includes BMW, Lotus and Aston Martin: a brand that totally identifies with Bond since Goldfinger and the DB 5. It is clear that Bond demands the best so the director, Sam Mendes, and Craig were keen not to have "Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond."
Like no other message I have posted, this one kept being retweeted: 12 hours later and it is still going. The low level of comments suggest that either users are equally amused or they think like me.
There were three or four slightly negative comments, including one that suggested Bond would have neither Android or iPhone because of security: it would be a Blackberry. That sort of misses the point about what a Bond movie is; and in any case nothing would advertise the fact of "government operative" more.
Another comment produced exactly the pro-Android, pro-Samsung comment I had feared, when I asked what the poster would recommend instead. I had tried a Samsung phone. It was not exactly State of the Art, although it pretended to be.
I bought it because my mother had acquired one and was trying to work it out. I tried quite hard, but (like my mother) kept being thwarted by the need to register everything with Google when all I wanted to do was use the phone.
Bond is licensed to kill, not Under license to Google.
To be fair, with a new iPhone, the user is asked to login with the Apple ID, but once done (or ignored) the phone can be used. I gave up with that Samsung thing and donated it to a friend.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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